Absolute Political Corruption, Here We Come!

Supreme Court Rules to Allow Corporations to Finance Political Campaigns

In whose world does this seem like a good idea?  Lobbies, PACs, and PIGs are already doing their best to influence the electoral process.  Now big businesses can essentially buy Senate seats?  WTF?

Also, the Supreme Court ruled that it doesn’t have to follow precedent established by non-unanimous rulings.  So now they can pretty much ignore everything in America’s past when making decisions about its future.  Yeah – this sounds like a great idea.  Our public schools failed to teach the importance of understanding history and now the Supreme Court is taking that lesson to heart by deciding to ignore it anyway.

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  1. #1 by Phillip on January 28, 2010 - 3:49 PM

    I can understand decisions to decide to not follow stare decisis. If we strictly followed precedent, “separate but equal” would still be legal. But, as a whole, I think it should still be their guideline.

    I completely disagree with this ruling. Corporations are not people and thus don’t have a right to free speech.

    • #2 by Chadwick on January 28, 2010 - 5:49 PM

      I don’t think we should be overturning precedent on 5-4 decisions, though.

      • #3 by Phillip on January 28, 2010 - 7:04 PM

        Different generations, different thoughts, different morals, different upbringings. All of these play a key part in these cases.

        While I may not like the ruling, it is legitimate and is now the way things are. People seem to forget that they can override the Court by amendments.

        • #4 by Chadwick on January 28, 2010 - 8:36 PM

          Legitimate, maybe. I still don’t like major rulings and rulings that overturn precedent coming via razor-thin margins. I wish they’d argue it out and come to more of an agreement; get at least six on a side, preferably more.

  2. #5 by Matt on January 28, 2010 - 11:59 PM

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/mon-january-25-2010-bill-gates

    huzzah for inequity!

    Wait, you don’t make billions in profit per year? Oh, I’m sorry, your opinion doesn’t matter anymore.

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